Pictured above: an ice cream shop I can actually eat at, since it serves goat milk ice cream. I had the salted caramel and it was heavenly.
I saw Mad Max: Fury Road on Friday, which required a three hour mental rest, because that movie blew my brains out in the best way possible. I’m still reeling, but will have it together enough for a review tomorrow. I also read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up yesterday, before tackling my closet with a ruthlessness I’m pretty sure is inherently opposed to the KonMari way. Still, my closet is clear, my drawers are organized, and I finally framed and hung up the insert from Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell album.
At The Los Angeles Review of Books, Robert Tally Jr. considers Galadriel and Tolkien’s elves as inherently opposed to change.
After what’s happened on Game of Thrones recently, the Mary Sue has decided to cease coverage of the franchise. It’s a bold move. I hate that they felt moved to do so (to be clear, that the show did what it did, not that they had that reaction), but I’m proud that they were brave enough to make this decision.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Simon Pegg implied that geek culture is dumbing down mainstream culture. Ryan Britt at Tor.com lists five mature aspects of speculative fiction in response. Pegg posted a response on his own website, apologizing for how it was said, embracing geek culture, and double-downing on the idea that we should reevaluate geekdom every once in a while. Still… it’s a side-eye inducing situation.
Fire up the Doof Wagon, here’s everything I read and loved about Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend:
- Kiwi stunt doubles in love!
- Vice interviews Sean Hape (also known as iOTA) who played Doof.
- Maria Bustillos at the Awl talks about the film’s determined humanism.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw has so much to talk about it in this film that her review is going up in parts. Here’s the first.
- Tumblr user corktreedays provides an list of important quotes from Tom Hardy on gender and women.
- Grantland’s Mark Harris compares the film’s incredible practical effects to the CGI effects we’ve grown so used to.
- At Tor.com, Lea Schnelbach talks about why the film is so important.
- Angie Han at /Film talks about the new conception of masculinity at the core of the film.
At Grantland, Hazel Cills explains why the new Jem and the Holograms movie completely misses the mark, despite the original series having basically predicted Vocaloids.
Jonathan Krisel and Graham Wagner of Portlandia are adapting Mermaids in Paradise into a film! I literally just rented this from the library, so I’m excited.
The Lonely Island’s next film project, Conner4real, will also include the talents of Tim Meadows. I adore Tim Meadows and am pleased by this.
At BuzzFeed, Syreeta McFadden talks about how her gap-toothed smile serves as an anchor to both her father and to her lost African heritage as an African-American woman.
The Mary Sue (en masse, it appears) call for a change in how sexual assault is depicted in the media—namely, that it’s usually used for attention and the long aftermath of recovering from sexual assault is rarely, if ever, shown.
Added: Pirates (via tumblr), Glengarry Glen Ross (via the Dissolve),